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Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna (Sweet box)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna

Other names

Sweet box

Genus

Sarcococca Sarcococca

Species

S. hookeriana var. digyna - S. hookeriana var. digyna is a suckering, evergreen shrub with upright stems and narrow, mid-green leaves. In winter, it bears small clusters of tiny, fragrant, cream flowers, followed by small, black berries in summer.


Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are sweetly fragrant

Habit

Bushy, Suckering

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Cream in Winter

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna (Sweet box) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Resistant to pollution, Woodland, Foliage only, Drought Tolerant

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well drained, humus-rich soil in deep or partial shade in a sheltered position. If soil remains moist during summer, it will tolerate a sunny position. Pollution and drought tolerant.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna

Other names

Sweet box

Genus

Sarcococca Sarcococca

Species

S. hookeriana var. digyna - S. hookeriana var. digyna is a suckering, evergreen shrub with upright stems and narrow, mid-green leaves. In winter, it bears small clusters of tiny, fragrant, cream flowers, followed by small, black berries in summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are sweetly fragrant

Habit

Bushy, Suckering

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Cream in Winter

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna (Sweet box) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Resistant to pollution, Woodland, Foliage only, Drought Tolerant

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well drained, humus-rich soil in deep or partial shade in a sheltered position. If soil remains moist during summer, it will tolerate a sunny position. Pollution and drought tolerant.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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I planted 4 Sarcocca hookeriana last year. I have clay soil so I incorporated grit. They just seem to be shrinking. No visible pests or holes in leaves, just not growing. I have a shady garden which… read more

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